Egypt will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036, the Egyptian youth and sports minister said in a statement, a bid that if successful would make it the first Arab or African nation to host the event, Report informs via Reuters.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply, Minister Ashraf Sobhi added during a reception for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Cairo.

The statement, issued by the Egyptian cabinet, quoted Bach as saying Egypt’s sports infrastructure was capable of hosting the event.

The summer Olympics will be held in Paris in 2024, followed by Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane, Australia in 2032.